Waller Street public baths from Borough Engineer’s plan, December 1910 [X558/6/108/4]
When one of the Guardians, Mr Impey, said that the men affected were mostly from Stopsley and Dunstable district the Dunstable representatives protested, as did Mr B Hartop of Stopsley who said that there were none of “these things” in his premises until the men came. The suggestion was made that farmers were billeting men in fowl houses. In Mr Hartop's view this was a “a most idiotic thing to say”.
On further investigation it appears that between August 31st and September 25th two and a half thousand solders had used the swimming bath free of charge.